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Initially The Candlemaker was an egregore, created by unconscious tensions that surround historical crisis moments. In other words, it's the avatar of such possible menaces of the 20th century as World War III and the nuclear bomb. He was removed from the physical plane of existence eons ago. One day he discovered an opportunity to escape into the physical realm in the form of Dorothy Spinner, who had the ability to bring imaginary creatures to life. He squeezed into her subconscious but found itself trapped there. Taking the form of the Candlemaker, it waited for the opportunity to break free of its mental prison.

He finally got his chance when Dorothy, while being bullied by a group of young boys, was contacted by The Candlemaker, who gave her three wishes. Her first wish was for the death of one of the bullies. One of them (Bernard Muller) was later found in a field, disemboweled and crucified. After this incident, Dorothy resolved to keep The Candlemaker locked in her mind. Unfortunately the Candlemaker would appear once again during both the Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E./Telephone Avatar incident (making it the second wish that has the Candlemaker killing Telephone Avatar). Ultimately, Dorothy made her third and final wish for the resurrection of murdered Doom Patrol teammate Joshua Clay, this last wish gave Candlemaker his freedom into the physical world. He still granted her wish but killed Joshua himself.

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